2023 Ford F-150 XL: Does the Most Affordable F-150 Have What You Want?

The 2023 Ford F-150 XL is the base model of this pickup truck. Typically, we think of the base version of a vehicle to be made simply to offer the lowest-possible starting price. This Ford truck just might have the options and features you’re looking for in your work truck. Does this version of the Ford F-150 have enough to be the right half-ton truck for you to drive?

What body style and powertrains does the 2023 Ford F-150 XL offer?

Ford F-150 Towing in the Snow
Ford F-150 Towing in the Snow | Ford

Ford offers many higher trims of the F-150 with only one body style or limited powertrain options, but not the XL model. This base trim brings you three cab configurations; Regular, Super Cab, and SuperCrew Cab, and three bed lengths; 5.5, 6.5, and 8-foot.

Amazingly, there are five engine options for this trim level, all of which use a 10-speed automatic transmission. The five engine options are:

  • 3.3-liter V6
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost hybrid V6
  • 5.0-liter V8

The 2023 F-150 is a departure from the basic

Red Ford F-150 Lariat parked at a job site
Ford F-150 Lariat | Ford

Even though the XL trim of this half-ton truck is still the base model, the new model year is a departure from the basic features offered in the 2022 version. For 2023, the XL model comes standard with:

  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • Locking tailgate with lift assist

Does the XL trim come with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 package?

Yes, the 2023 Ford F-150 XL does come standard with the Co-Pilot 360 package of safety features. This package includes:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Wiper-activated headlights
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rearview camera with trailer hitch guidance
  • Rear parking sensors

What are the standard features of the 2023 Ford F-150 XL half-ton pickup truck?

Blue 2023 Ford F-150 Lariat on a mountain road
Blue 2023 Ford F-150 Lariat | Ford

Other than the features mentioned, this Ford truck comes with:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Black bumpers
  • Rear bed light
  • Electric parking brake
  • Ford’s Selectable Drive Modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Trail)
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • 4-inch digital information screen
  • Manual air conditioning
  • 40/20/40 split-cloth front seat
  • 4 or 6-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Ford Sync 4 infotainment system
    • Apple CarPlay
    • Android Auto
    • FordPass Connect apps
    • Wi-Fi hotspot

Does the XL trim offer any options?

As the base trim, this seems like an obvious question. Some of the features you can add to the 2023 Ford F-150 XL include:

  • 4WD
  • Additional drive modes (Deep Snow/Sand, Mud/Ruts)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Sirius XM 360L
  • Heavy-duty trailer package
  • Side steps
  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Rattler Package

What does the Rattler Package bring to the base Ford F-150?

Gray 2023 Ford F-150 XL Rattler Posed on Rocks
2023 Ford F-150 XL Rattler | Ford

The Rattler Package is a new optional package for 2023, which gives 4WD versions of the Ford F-150 XL:

  • An electronic locking rear differential
  • Off-road suspension
  • Rock crawl mode
  • Skid plates for the gas tank, differential, and transfer case
  • 18-inch dark alloy wheels
  • Black exhaust tips
  • Rattler decals

How much does the F-150 XL cost?

The 2023 Ford F-150 XL starts at $34,085. This price is for the basic version of this truck in the standard cab with the base engine. Adding options or upgrades to this half-ton truck increases the price.

Is the base model of the F-150 any good?

White 2023 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab Rendering
2023 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab | Ford

If you’re looking for a good work truck to use every day, the 2023 Ford F-150 XL is a good option. Even in the regular cab version with the base engine, you can tow up to 8,200 pounds with this pickup truck. When you want more than what this trim offers, Ford offers several upgraded models that could have the packaging you’re looking for in a half-ton truck.

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